YORKSHIRE TELEGRAPH AND STAR, TUESDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 15, 1916
SWINTON BOYS IN TROUBLE.
Six boys, aged from 9 to 13 years, whose homes are at Swinton, were each bound over (through their parents) for 12 months at the Rotherham West Riding Children’s Court to-day. They had visited Parkgate and stolen several belts from the inside of a shop door. Five of them were also concerned in the theft of silk handkerchiefs value 10s. 6d., under similar circumstances.
In the latter instance, while riding towards Swinton in a tramcar, one of the handkerchiefs was offered for sale to a passenger, who was a pawnbroker’s assistant. He collected all the property, but was unable to persuade the lads to accompany him for inquiry.
According to Inspector Hoyle two of the defendants were worse than the others. A party had visited the Parkgate district on other occasions, and a box of cigarettes and a Treasury note for 10s. were alleged to have been taken. The Bench admonished the parents as to the care of their children, and ordered them to pay 5s. each towards the costs. The probation officer was directed to give attention to the boys.